The “Lange Jaap” at Den Helder, or in English “Long James”, as it is popularly called, with its 63,45 m or nearly 69 yards is the highest lighthouse building in the Netherlands. It was built in 1877-1878, actually from cast iron, making it also the highest cast iron tower in Europe.

It lost its position as the highest Dutch lighthouse in 1974, when a slightly higher concrete tower was built on the newly developped Maasvlakte at the outer harbour of Rotterdam, but that competitor was taken out of the race in 2008 when its lights were turned off. It now only serves as a radar tower.

The “Lange Jaap”, however, is still sending out its beams over the North Sea, with the maximum visibility of 54 km or 33 miles. The radar on its top is a modern addition, which does not take away from its symbolic character of the life-saving lightgiver. And giving good orientation to shipping is extremely important at its position as there are very treacherous sandbanks lying out of the coast.

With its bright red colour it stands out beautifully from the green dike, the yellow spring flowers and the blue sky that we could enjoy yesterday.

Den Helder, 18th April 2010, 1.29 pm
Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200 mm at 18 mm
F 18, 1/125, ISO 200

Another shot of this wonderful lighthouse can be seen on my new lightthinker-gallery:

As a retired historian, I have a wide interest in nature photography. Please also note my second gallery on Redbubble:

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  • MrJoop
    MrJoopover 4 years ago

    Been there. Done that! It was in December, only a few months ago.
    We took pictures and I now wear Lange Jaap, on my chest (t-shirt) when I go to the supermarket, here, in Revesby!)

  • I zie net dat je nog niet van de lekkere haringen op mijn gallerij hebt geproefd.
    Overigens een vraag: hoe doe je dat, een foto hier plaatsen dat niet in je gallerij staat? Kan dat gewoon met elke foto die je in je eigen digitale versameling hebt?

    – jchanders

  • jchanders
    jchandersover 4 years ago

    Ha, dat was voor de sneeuw!

  • MrJoop
    MrJoopover 4 years ago

    Precies. Ja. Dat bewijst ook dat ik hier steeds lieg. Ik zeg steeds dat ik het mee gebracht had – die sneeuw. Maar dit moet dus kort nadat ik arriveerde geweest zijn. Waar ik steeds aan denk is dat de jongeman (in mijn ogen) die mij rond reed mij trots kon vertellen dat HIJ die straat / weg daar beneden het gras bewerkt had.
    Ook kan ik er niet over uit dat ik “ineens” zo’n dik “kklein” mannetje ben geworden. (SNIK)
    Ik zet photo’s die niet voor altijd hoeven te blijven staan bij en dan een ‘link’ er naar toe van Redbubble, enz..

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    A wonderful building Juergen, super capture and information …

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Impressive iron structure, excellent history and information.

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 4 years ago

    Fantastic Juergen. Wonderful composition, colour and clarity.

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • MrJoop
    MrJoopover 4 years ago

    Woke up late this morning. (At the mini-mac until 2:30 a.m..) Went to get milk for my coffee and thought about you!! How’s that for a small world?

  • Yes, the new digital world has created so many new meeting points. RB is a great one! And so I am glad that you met me and I met you. Keep sending good thoughts!

    – jchanders

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Superb shot mate.

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


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